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The Siege of Jadotville

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The Siege of Jadotville
Siege of Jadotville.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Richie Smyth
Release Date 2016
Language English
Distributor Netflix
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commander Quinlan Jamie Dornan
Sgt. Jack Prendergast Jason O'Mara
Rene Faulques Guillaume Canet
Sgt. Bill Ready Sam Keeley

The Siege of Jadotville is a 2016 historical war drama covering the true story of The Siege at Jadotville, a battle involving Irish UN Peacekeepers of 'A' Company, 35th Battalion and Katangese rebels in 1961 during the Congo Crisis. The film was released on Netflix in October of 2016. The cast included Jamie Dornan, Jason O'Mara, and Mark Strong.

The following weapons were used in the film The Siege of Jadotville:


Walther P38

Rene Faulques (Guillaume Canet) carries a Walther P38. He unholsters it when confronting Commandant Quinlan for the last time.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Rene Faulques (Guillaume Canet) firing his P38 after his Jeep is overturned.
Faulquet unholsters his P38 when confronting Commandant Quinlan for the last time.

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is the sidearm carried by Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan). A mercenary carries the pistol as well.

Browning Hi Power - 9x19mm
Closeup of the BHP. The external extractor and spur hammer indicate a post-1973 manufacture and thus anachronistic.
A mercenary carries the pistol as well.



Both the Irish Army and the mercenaries/Katangese rebels extensively use FN FALs. They are shown to be capable of fully automatic fire.

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Commander Patrick Quinlan carries the FN FAL on the right.
Rebels charge the Irish compound with FALs.
Quinlan fires an FN FAL.
"Breathe, squeeze, kill! Breathe again!"
Sgt. Jack Prendergast (Jason O'Mara) gives advice to the soldiers with the FN FAL rifles on shooting technique after firing too fast.

Heckler & Koch G3

At least one mercenary is seen with a Heckler & Koch G3. The exact variant cannot be determined, but it has a "slimeline" foregrip.

Early Heckler & Koch G3 - 7.62x51mm NATO

The mercenary to the right is armed with a G3. Note the diopter sight.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

Several members of 'A' Company carry Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk Is instead of FALs.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British
'A' Company members carrying No. 4 Mk. Is as they first arrive in Jadotville.
Irish soldiers fire their No. 4 rifles from an entrenched position.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I (T)

Sgt. Bill Ready (Sam Keeley), the company sniper, carries a scoped Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T).

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I (T) - .303 British
Bill Ready (Sam Keeley), the company sniper aims his Enfield.
Ready on the left.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

Some Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III rifles are also used by the Katangese mercenaries.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
The mercenaries on the far left and right aim their Lee-Enfields.

Mauser Rifles

Various Mauser rifles are used by the rebels.

An African fights with a full-length Mauser rifle, that could be a Spanish or Turkish model.
The unhooded front sight of the mercenary's rifle. Shortly after, the 'H'-type front barrel band and under-barrel mounted sling swivel are visible.
Left side view of the receiver.
The Kar98k-style rear sight can be seen.

Submachine Guns

Carl Gustav M/45

Several 'A' Company NCOs use Carl Gustav M/45s, namely Sgt. Jack Prendergast (Jason O'Mara).

Carl Gustav M/45 ("Swedish K") - 9x19mm‎
The Carl Gustav is wielded.
Sgt. Jack Prendergast (Jason O'Mara) opens fire with the Carl Gustav M/45.
Sgt. Jack Prendergast (Jason O'Mara) on the right with his M/45. Note the No. 9 bayonet affixed.


Several mercenaries, including Faulques, use MAT-49s.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
Faulques uses the MAT-49.

Franchi LF-57

Franchi LF-57 SMGs are also used by mercenaries.

Franchi LF-57 - 9x19mm
An African in green beret holds LF-57 in center.

Vigneron M2

Vigneron M2 SMGs are also seen.

Vigernon M2 - 9x19mm
A Vigneron M2 is seen when Irish soldiers scavenge weapons during a lull in the battle.

Sten Mk. II

Some mercenaries have Sten Mk IIs.

Sten Mark II - 9x19mm
The mercenary in the background near the M2HB aims a Sten Mk. II.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk. I

'A' Company employs several Bren guns. Sgt. Ready, the company sniper, switches to a Bren to make a long-distance shot, for unknown reasons, possibly because it is a more stable platform than his No. 4 (T).

Bren Mark I - .303 British
The Bren is seen fired at the right.
The Bren after its operator receives a superficial wound to his cheek.
The sniper preparing to fire the Bren in single shot.
A .303 round being chambered by hand.
Ready looks down the sight.
Ready prepares to fire.
The bolt closing when fired.

Browning M2HB

Katangese mercenaries use a Browning M2HB mounted on a vehicle.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Katangese mercenaries use a Browning M2HB mounted on a vehicle.
Firing the M2.
Note the heat shield's horizontal slots instead of the usual circular perforations.
Faulques calling a retreat while manning the Browning.

Browning M1919A4

The mercenaries use several Browning M1919A4s mounted on vehicles and on tripods.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
Faulques mans and fires a mounted M1919A4.
A camouflaged Katangnese machine gunner with his M1919A4 is shot by Ready.
A mercenary fires a M191A4 from the hip.


The mercenaries use a DShKM Heavy Machine Gun. This appears to be the only Soviet-made firearm used by the fiercely anti-communist Katangese.

DShKM - 12.7x108mm
Faulques fires a mounted DShk from a jeep.


A mercenary uses an FN MAG 58 fired from the hip. Another is mounted on a vehicle.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A mercenary uses the FN MAG 58 fired from the hip.
A Katangnese rebel mans a FN MAG from a vehicle. Note the mounted shield.

Vickers Mk. I

'A' Company uses a Vickers Gun mounted on a Land Rover, then on its own with and without a tripod. Commander Patrick Quinlan uses it to shoot down a Fouga Magister.

Vickers Mark I - .303 British
Prendergast fires a mounted Vickers during the first assault.
The Vickers being removed from its tripod before the position is hit with mortar.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

An NCO picks up a Mk 2 hand grenade when his M/45 runs dry.

Mk 2 hand grenade
An Irish NCO with his Mk 2 grenade at the ready.

M2 Mortar

A Company's support platoon uses a 60mm M2 Mortar in counter-battery fire.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
Irish mortarmen cover the M2 motar's breech after firing.
Irish mortarmen prepare to load a 60mm mortar round.

Ordnance ML 3 inch Mortar

The mercenaries use an Ordnance ML 3 inch Mortar to shell the compound.

Ordnance ML Mortar Mark II - 3.20 in
A Kantangnese rebel sights his ML mortar to his target.
The mortar fires.

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